Vertically Challenged (Dvd)
|2. Ch Ching (Cheque 1-2 Remix)|
|3. Fiddle With The Volume|
|4. Random (Menta Remix)|
|5. A Little Bit Of Shhh|
|6. The Battle|
|7. A Little Bit Of Shhh (Smallstars Remix By Adrock)|
|8. Fiddle With The Volume (Ghislain Poirier Remix)|
Vertically Challenged finds Lady Sovereign definitely doing her own thing, showcasing her incredibly varied flow and animated voice across a multivariance of bottom-heavy beats that could only emerge from the UK urban underground. The CD features eight songs, including the hits 'Random', 'Ch-Ching', and 'A Little Bit of Shhh!' and a bonus DVD of videos, live footage, and behind-the-scenes interviews. Chocolate Industries. 2005.
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Five stars for Lady Sov and these songs when they're uncesnored. One star for the versions presented here.
Her accent delivers the cheekiest of lyrics and the some of the beats in these songs are some of the best i have heard in a good while. She has been releasing songs on EPs and online for a couple years now, and her talent caught the attention of one very notable MC: Jay-Z, an extremely talented and powerful rapper, and who also has his own record label. He flew Lady Sov out to rap for him, and signed her. She then released Vertically Challenged, and the interest in her has been growing ever since. Now for the review of the material.
"Random" starts the album off right. Right from the beginning you feel the smile coming to your mouth. She deftly crafts awesome beats, a whole host of mockeries of American rap, and a sense of fun dance music. Definitely a great intro. "Chi Ching" is a little more poppy, and a little bit of a decline from Random, but few disappointments in this song. "Fiddle with the Volume" is actually my least favorite song. It is fun and it delivers the same amount of cheeky british lines, but it isn't quite up to par with the rest of the album. "Random (Remix)" is a great song. I like the original more, but this has a better beat for clubs.
"A Little Bit of SHHH" is a great song with a ton of bass and a ton of hooks, with a great set of beats in the background. Definitely one of the favorites. AH, and then comes "The Battle". This is not only my favorite song on the album, but it is my favorite rap/hiphop song ever. It is about 8 minutes long, and it is a boys v. girls themed rap battle, with Lady Sov and Shystie in the girls' corner and Frost P and Zuz Rock in the guys'. The beat is a simple but infectious one, but once the rapping begins the music doesn't even matter. Frost P, a master rapper in all ways, starts it off, and it doesn't lose your attention all the way through the song. Lady Sovereign delivers her normal cheek, Shystie is plays the part of the tough female rapper, Zuz Rock easily impresses, and Frost P shines as the most talented rapper with ease. Listen to this one, and you will be hooked, I promise. "A Little Bit of SHHH (Remix)", along with the next remix "Fiddle With the Volume (Remix), are both better than the original. It delivers the same amazing flow and great lyrics, but has much better beats to go along with them. Dance club hits are written all over these songs.
I have been listening to this album for a good three months, and i am still intensely in love with it. Ms Sovereign has proven herself to be one of the most talented and interesting rappers to come out in recent years. My few complaints are: 1) The fact that if you don't include remixes, this album only has 5 songs. 2) She did not, to remedy this, include some of her other amazing songs that she has posted on EPs and online. Other than that, I hope you buy this an join me in the ranks of those waiting with much anticipation to watch this artist's future.
Favorite Track, though all of it is really good, will have to be "The Battle" feature other grime scene artists like Shystie, Zuz Rock, and Frost P spitting the wildest (barely understandable lol) rhymes ive heard. No men and women have battled against each other like this, especially for the listening public.
How ever, no one should compare SOV to anyone (Missy or M.I.A.) All emcees, particularly female one have a different style and should be prasied for such. SOV has a style totally different from anything ive heard to date. It's refreashing to see a new spin on HipHop.
1- Random- It's her hit single. But it's the worst song on the album. What I mean is it rox- all the other ones are just better. ( it did get me out of my seat)
2- Ch Ching- Unlike Random, BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM!. Upbeat, and a 2- second sample will get you out of your seat!
3- Fiddle With The Volume- Fiddle of the roof- I get bored just typing it. Fiddle With the volume- YES! ROX!
4-A Little Bit Of Shh- I wonder if she said like a little bit of f**k for me or something or if it's meant to be shh duh shh
5- The Battle- Good but with a 30 second sample I never heard Lady.
6- Random Remix- Better.
7- A Little Bit Of Shh Remix- Better than first.
8- Fiddle With The Volume Remix- Good but first is better.